A blank pie canvas calls for a little creativity in the kitchen! Since the July 4th holiday is right around the corner, I’ve partnered** with Royal Design Studio using their Stars and Stripes stencil to show you how easy and beautiful their stencils work on pie! Yes, these are furniture stencils, but just about any stencil can be brought into decorating your next dessert. Today, I will show you how you can use just about any stencil on the all-American classic dessert: the apple pie. In my next post, I will share with you my recipe for a spiced apple pie; my twist on this favorited dessert.
Materials for stenciling:
9″ unbaked pie without a dough top
1 stick of butter at room temperature
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup cinnamon
pie dough (mine was homemade, but you can buy the kind you roll out)
Step 1: Start by rolling out your dough for the top of your pie making sure it will cover your pie pan. You also want to ensure your dough isn’t spread too thick or thin. It should be a little less than 1/2 cm thick.
Step 2: Gently lift your dough and place it on top of your pie. Since my stencil was a tad larger than my pie, I decided to only decorate the areas of the dough that touched the stencil. Don’t do the edges, because it will get messy and might ruin the design once the stencil is removed. Put the stencil on top of the pie and mark the stencil design areas with butter.The butter will allow the cinnamon and sugar to stick to the dough. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle on the top of the pie. Do your best to only cover the designs so you don’t waste the cinnamon and sugar. Mix and apply more cinnamon and sugar as needed to completely cover your design area.
Step 3: Gently remove the stencil from the top of the pie. If necessary, use a pinky finger or cotton swab to clean up any cinnamon and sugar outside of the stenciled area. Voila! The Royal Design Studio stencils are that easy and fun! Now you have a total showstopper that is ready for the oven!
Step 4: Bake the pie at 350º for 45-60 minutes. After 30 minutes, check it to see if the crust is browning quickly. If burning, place aluminum foil around the edges (or cover pie completely with foil) and continue baking. The end result will be more lovely than fireworks!
Royal Design Studios has a wonderful selection for all of your stencil needs. I had a great time working with them on this post. Stencils are an easy and fun way to add excitement to foods. This would also be a great activity to get your kids involved with. Who doesn’t love stenciling designs?!
**This post was sponsored by Royal Design Studio. I received the stars and stripes stencil in exchange for a blog review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.